Biden calls Brazil's Lula Da Silva after election win

Lula previously served as Brazil's president from 2003-2010.
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Joe Biden, Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2021
Joe Biden, Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2021
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President Joe Biden on Monday called Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva following his triumph in that country's presidential election.

"The two leaders discussed the strong relationship between the United States and Brazil, and committed to continue working as partners to address common challenges, including combatting climate change, safeguarding food security, promoting inclusion and democracy, and managing regional migration," the White House said, per The Hill.

Known colloquially as "Lula," the once and future Brazilian leader triumphed in the nation's leadership contest over Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a conservative with close ties to former President Donald Trump.

Lula's win drew congratulatory calls from American adversaries, including Russia, Cuba and the terrorist group Hamas.

"Please accept my sincere congratulations on your victory in the presidential elections," Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "I hope that by joint efforts we will ensure the further development of constructive Russian-Brazilian cooperation in all areas."

Lula previously served as Brazil's president from 2003-2010. He was arrested in 2018 in connection with a corruption scandal, though the Supreme Federal Court, which includes many justices he appointed, annulled his convictions, enabling him to run again.